A whole fruit puree of exotic Mangosteen fruit and its primary nutrient compound, xanthones -- naturally occurring, high-potency antioxidants found primarily in the peel/hull of the fruit; especially the most studied of them: XANTHONES / Alpha mangostin and Gamma mangostin. Revered for centuries as Asia's "Queen of Fruits", the mangosteen is prized for its exquisite taste and healthful benefits.
Long hidden in the Orient, the mangosteen (Garcinia mangostana L) is now available -- in a uniquely delicious and amazingly healthful juice nutritional supplement comprised of a whole fruit puree of exotic mangosteen along with other all-natural, high-antioxidant ingredients. One of the most praised of tropical fruits, and certainly the most esteemed fruit in the family Guttiferae, the mangosteen, Garcinia mangostana L., is almost universally known or heard of by this name. There are numerous variations in nomenclature: among Spanish-speaking people, it is called mangostan; to the French, it is mangostanier, mangoustanier, mangouste or mangostier; in Portuguese, it is mangostao, mangosta or mangusta; in Dutch, it is manggis or manggistan; in Vietnamese, mang cut; in Malaya, it may be referred to in any of these languages or by the local terms, mesetor, semetah, or sementah; in the Philippines, it is mangis or mangostan. Throughout the Malay Archipelago, there are many different spellings of names similar to most of the above.
The place of origin of the mangosteen is unknown but is believed to be the Sunda Islands and the Moluccas; still, there are wild trees in the forests of Kemaman, Malaya. Corner suggests that the tree may have been first domesticated in Thailand, or Burma. It is much cultivated in Thailand-where there were 9,700 acres (4,000 ha) in 1965-also in Kampuchea, southern Vietnam and Burma, throughout Malaya and Singapore.
Dried fruits are shipped from Singapore to Calcutta and to China for medicinal use. The sliced and dried rind is powdered and administered to overcome dysentery. Made into an ointment, it is applied on eczema and other skin disorders. The rind decoction is taken to relieve diarrhea and cystitis, gonorrhea and is applied externally as an astringent lotion. A portion of the rind is steeped in water overnight and the infusion given as a remedy for chronic diarrhea in adults and children. Filipinos employ a decoction of the leaves and bark as a febrifuge and to treat thrush, diarrhea, dysentery and urinary disorders. In Malaya, an infusion of the leaves, combined with unripe banana and a little benzoin is applied to the wound of circumcision. A root decoction is taken to regulate menstruation. A bark extract called "amibiasine", has been marketed for the treatment of amoebic dysentery. The rind of partially ripe fruits yields a polyhydroxy-xanthone derivative termed mangostin, also ß-mangostin.
In a study conducted at the Gifu Pharmaceutical University in Japan an in-vitro study showed that some of the xanthones from garcinia mangostana (mangosteen) had strong antibacterial activity. Xanthones are plant nutrients or phytochemicals that have been studied for their medicinal and antioxidant potential. For more information go to the
The Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, Volume 48, Issue 8.